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English Language Learners (ELL)

Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program (TBIP)

The State Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program (STBIP), with the involvement of parents, educators, and community, is committed to addressing the unique needs of students from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds and to help them achieve the high content and performance standards expected of all students in Washington State. The program helps English Language Learners (ELLs) to become proficient in English and to meet state learning standards. Created in 1979, the program serves about eight percent of the state’s student population.

Student Eligibility and Placement

  • Eligibility begins with the administration of a Home Language Survey to determine if a language other than English is spoken at home and if the child first spoke a language other than English.
  • If the child speaks a language other than English, the student’s English language ability is measured with the Washington Language Proficiency Test within the student’s first 10 days of attendance.
  • Students scoring at the Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Level are eligible for TBIP services. Students who score at the Transitional Level are not eligible.
  • Under federal guidelines, parents must be informed of student placement in a language program within 30 days of placement.

ELL Staff

Pam Schaff

English Language Learner (ELL) Coach

Our Schools

Cascade View
Elementary School

Thorndyke
Elementary School

Tukwila
Elementary School

Showalter
Middle School

Foster
High School

Red Comet
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